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· JBS plans to reopen Nebraska beef plant damaged in fire
· JBS fire burns facility roof, halts production for day
JBS plans to reopen Nebraska beef plant damaged in fire
By Tom Polansek, Reuters
September 13, 2021
CHICAGO, Sept 13 (Reuters) - JBS USA on Monday halted production at a Nebraska beef plant that slaughters about 5% of U.S. cattle due to a fire, but said the company expects to resume operations on Tuesday.
The temporary closure highlighted concerns among U.S. lawmakers and ranchers that the United States is vulnerable to supply disruptions because a handful of meatpacking companies dominate the sector and rely on large plants to produce food.
The country has suffered a series of beef supply shocks over the past two years as large plants closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a cyberattack that crippled JBS's operations, and another fire that shut a Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) plant in Kansas for months.
The JBS fire in Grand Island, Nebraska, did not impact the plant's "primary production areas," spokesperson Nikki Richardson said. The company, a subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA (JBSS3.SA), expects to resume operations on Tuesday pending an ongoing assessment of the situation, she said...
The blaze burned a hole in the roof of the part of the plant that handles rendering, and damage is confined to the rendering area...
JBS fire burns facility roof, halts production for day
By Brandon Summers, The Grand Island Independent (NE)
Sep 13, 2021
“No one’s working today.”
That’s what an unidentified guard was saying Monday morning into the busy phone at the main security point for the JBS USA manufacturing facility at Grand Island.
A fire started on the rendering building roof of JBS, at 555 S. Stuhr Road, just before 10 p.m. Sunday.
The rendering building is separate from the main production facility.
Photos posted on social media on Sunday by Grand Island Fire Department showed fire shooting through the roof and onto the top of the roof.
There were no fatalities or injuries, GIFD Capt. Jim Hale told The Independent.
The nature of the fire, whether mechanical or chemical, is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office. A damage estimate has not been released.
Nikki Richardson, JBS USA corporate communications director, said in a statement to The Independent that operations are expected to resume Tuesday.
“Last night, there was a fire at our Grand Island, Neb., beef production facility. Thankfully, there were no injuries and we appreciate the Grand Island Fire Department for their quick response and support,” she wrote. “The fire did not impact our primary production areas. We will not run the plant today, but we expect to resume operations tomorrow, pending ongoing assessment of the situation.”
GIFD sent an engine back to the scene at about 1:25 p.m. Monday in response to a potential flare-up, but were soon called back to the station…